In order to be accepted onto the PARTNERS Programme, you must:
- have predicted grades that match or exceed the PARTNERS offer for the course(s) you are applying for
- be resident in England or Northern Ireland
- have home student fee status*
- have not already made the transition to university
- have left school/college for no longer than one year
In addition to the criteria above, you must also meet any one of the following criteria:
- you attended a school in England at age 16 where the GCSE Attainment 8 score is 37 or less **
- you attended a school in Northern Ireland at age 16 where the number of students achieving five or more GCSE grades A* to C, including English and Maths, is 35% or less**
- you currently attend a school in England where the average point score per A Level entry is 20 or less**
- you currently attend a school in Northern Ireland where the number of students achieving three or more A Levels grades A* to C is 35% or less**
- you are in receipt of, or entitled to, Free School Meals, Pupil Premium funding and/or discretionary school/college payments, which are directly linked to financial hardship***
- you are in receipt of the Personal Independence Payment (PIP) at the ‘enhanced’ rate in either the ‘daily living’ and ‘mobility’ components, OR the ‘standard’ rate in both components
- you have experienced local authority care for a period of longer than three months
- your parent/carer(s) do not have a higher education qualification and the main wage earner in your household does not have a professional occupation (defined as NS-SEC Classification 1-3)
- you live in a neighbourhood which has a low progression rate to higher education (as determined by individual home postcode)****
- you live in a neighbourhood which has a high level of financial, economic or social deprivation****
- you have experienced extenuating personal circumstances relating to social, economic or educational disadvantage at key educational times and live in a neighbourhood which has a high level of financial, economic or social deprivation
- you are a young person who has sole or shared responsibility for the care of a relative because they are ill, have a disability, are experiencing mental distress or affected by substance abuse
- you are a young person who has no communicative relationship with either of your biological parents/legal guardians and you do not expect this situation to be reconciled
* The PARTNERS Programme is limited to students who are recognised as having 'home status'. Your home status must have been confirmed by the Home Office prior to applying to the PARTNERS Programme and you must meet the University's English Language requirements for the course(s) you are applying to..
** School performance data for GCSE and post-16 are those quoted by the Department of Education for 2017.
*** If you are receiving a school/college discretionary payment, we consider financial hardship in this circumstance, to be from a household with an income of less than £35,000. Evidence may be requested in individual cases. Please note: we cannot take into account individual household income unless you are in receipt of a school/college discretionary payment.
**** The Student Recruitment Team can determine if you live in one of these areas by your individual home postcode, using a combination of data. Please contact them if you would like to check your own postcode.
The information you provide on your PARTNERS application form will be used to determine if you meet any of the criteria for eligibility, as listed above. You can contact the Student Recruitment Team in advance of submitting an application to check if you meet any of the criteria.